Cassandra's "For Crying Out Loud" Is The Power-Ballad Soundtrack For The Resistance
Originally published on the Huffington Post on February 10, 2017.
For Crying Out Loud, the debut album from L.A. based feminist art-rock/power-ballad/pop band Cassandra, couldn’t come a day too soon. Led by frontwoman Laurel Butler, Cassandra’s music offers listeners a compelling soundtrack to accompany our current political climate. Butler’s voice is soulful and haunting, delivering a cinematic experience that demonstrates a particular kind of feminine power—power that is strong because of its softness, not in spite of it. Read more.
Recommended Reading: #GoIndie with Jenny Bravo
Jenny Bravo, author of These Are The Moments and writing coach at Blots and Plots, organized the #GoIndie2016 reading challenge to help readers discover indie books and authors. As #GoIndie approaches the halfway mark, I connected with Jenny to ask for her thoughts on the challenge thus far. Read more.
Recommended Reading: Monster Stories for Halloween
Fall is a wonderful time to read, rivaled only by lazy summer beach reading. The weather is getting cooler and the air is crisper. Kitchens warm with baked apple treats and pumpkin reigns in pastries and beverages alike. October in particular has a special spooky charm, especially when the leaves turn and the shadows get long as the days get darker. Here are my top picks for books to get you in the Halloween spirit. Read more.
The Lonely Arts Club
Originally published on the Huffington Post on March 31, 2016.
On the first Wednesday of any given month, I could be found at a cafe in Cambridge writing, and waiting. It wouldn’t be long before I was surrounded by other writers catching up with each other, chatting about what they’ve been working on, what they’ve been reading. These conversations were friendly but brief. Soon, our laptops would be set-up and lattes or dinner served by our sides, and we’d get to work. Read more.
Summer Reading List: Romance For Real Girls
Originally published on the Huffington Post on May 28, 2015.
The summer after I graduated college, I went through my first big break-up. Summer started, and I was single for the first time since high school. But I wasn’t alone. The same thing happened to all my girlfriends who were in long-term relationships. It was like all the boys were cyborgs that had their flips switched at the same time. We had built lives, decorated apartments, made sacrifices, and nurtured friendships that cocooned us with our first loves—only to have the proverbial rug pulled out from under us. Read more.
Recommended Reading: Women At The End Of The World
Originally published on the Huffington Post on October 2, 2015.
This week, readers around the globe have been celebrating the written, uncensored word during Banned Books Week. Here in Boston, Katie Eelman and Katie Li, two avid readers who brought you the Romance for Real Girls recommended reading list, have been thinking about novels that challenge the status quo, and the heroines who overthrow the system. Read more.
Silence Is A Blinking Cursor
Originally published on the Huffington Post on February 18, 2015.
We didn’t live in the same city. We didn’t even live on the same side of the country. Aside from the first six months when we both lived in Massachusetts, the entire decade of our friendship had been on the Internet. Read more
Creating Comics With Kazimir Lee Iskander
Originally published on the Huffington Post on September 29, 2016.
Sometime around 1994, I really wanted to get into comic books. The X-Men, toting female characters on the covers, seemed more accessible to me than Batman or Spiderman. When I asked my neighbor, an avid comics fan, where I should start, he retorted, “You can’t read comics—you’re a girl.” Read more
Bunnies Don't Belong In Easter Baskets (Unless They're Made of Chocolate)
Originally published on the Huffington Post on March 24, 2015.
Spring is here, and for many, Easter is coming. This holiday has many traditions for church-goers and families, but there’s one tradition we can do without: the use of bunnies as a mascot for this holiday. Read more